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Edward Charles Rutko

Edward Charles Rutko
  • November 27, 1926 - January 23, 2015
  • Chesterfield, Michigan
  • Donate to the American Cancer Society

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“Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you Joan and the Family. Ed will be deeply missed for sure. Try to focus on all the good memories . I like to think...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Tom and Janice Driscoll - Macomb, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family . My parents Henry and Jane send there condolence to you all. Your father was a wonderful person who...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Pamela Maternowski Dimond - FL

“Joan and family we are so sorry to hear of eds passing I have always had special memories of him. As a young boy I always remember him being at our...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: rick and Tina Mieszanek - MI

“Nancy and Family, we send heartfelt sympathy and pray for God's healing comfort, love and peace for all of you at this very difficult time. You are...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Bill Earley - Dewitt, MI

“Such a strong, quiet, loving man. He definitely left a wonderful legacy through his kids and grandkids. My thoughts are with you. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Marylou Gasiorowski - Friend


Edward Charles Rutko, age 88 of Chesterfield, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015. Ed was born in Cambridge, OH. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and was immediately sent to active duty in the Pacific. He retired from Selfridge Air National Guard base after 25 years of service as a Crash & Rescue Firefighter. Ed exhibited the upmost integrity, strength, loyalty, and dedicated work ethic. His life was dedicated to his country, work and family first and foremost.

His wife, daughters and grandchildren are his true legacy. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching baseball and playing the slot machines. Edward will always remain our hero based on the many challenges he endured and overcame during his life time.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan; his three daughters and son-in-law, Patti Smothers, Nancy Summerton (Mike Manning), Diane (Charlie) Parrish; six grandchildren, Alexis, Leanna, Ryan, Ashley, Sage and Peyton. Edward is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jennie Rutko; brothers Henry and Richard, sister Helen (Sal) Palazzolo and son-in-law, Skip Smothers.